Origins of ‘Black Beauty,’ a Racehorse Named Fauci, and More Must-Click Links of the Week

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Great news for those of you in Michigan: The state Gaming Control Board just OK’d online betting on horse racing! (Detroit Free Press)

If you love the book “Black Beauty” like I do, this is a wonderful read about how author Anna Sewell wrote the classic tome that forever revolutionized how we treat animals. (Country Life)

This is a great read over at Action Network: Go inside the story of Fusaichi Pegasus and the most valuable horse race in history. (Action Network)

New York Giants Senior Vice President of Player Personnel Chris Mara found it very strange to watch from home as his horse Charlatan won the Arkansas Derby. (New York Post)

Very sweet: An 11-year-old girl and her pony in Beatrice, Neb., are brightening seniors’ days in lockdown. (CNN)

I find this completely mesmerizing:

Horse racing has just become really, really popular with sports bettors. (Action Network

This is a great look at the evolution of the Mustang’s iconic pony logo. (Autoweek)

Sweden is experiencing a harness racing renaissance during the coronavirus pandemic. (WEARTV)

Could the U.K.’s wild ponies ultimately benefit from Brexit? (NBC)

Horses are so smart, y’all: New studies show that they can recognize pictures of their keepers! (Scientific American

Visits from Pennsylvania ponies are making the days brighter for special needs kids in lockdown. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Did you know that 1987’s Kentucky Derby hero Alysheba had ties to Montana? I didn’t, either! (Missoulian)

A miniature horse named Bernard is encouraging children to read in northwest Austin, Texas. Good boy, Bernard! (KXAN)

In adorable news, San Antonio residents gave a little girl in lockdown a pony parade for her birthday. (KSAT)

Talk about zoomies – that is one fast foal!

There is a racehorse named Fauci! (Horse Racing Nation)

Happy retirement to Big Ben, an Arizona police horse! (Boston 25 News)

There’s going to be a My Little Pony/Dungeons & Dragons crossover. (Comicbook)

In fashion news, cowboy boots are making a comeback. (Forbes

Beaumont, Texas-area nursing home residents are getting visits from therapy horses to offer emotional support. (12 News Now)

Meet Sugar Mike, considered to be the best horse to ever grace Trinidad and Tobago’s Santa Rosa Park. (Trinidad Express)

What’s faster: a racehorse or a bird? This photo is excellent! (The Pressbox

The founder of Brandt Travel Guides says the most significant trip she ever took was with a pony named Peggy in Ireland. (The Telegraph)